Blog posts by year and month April 2010

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  1. A fifth series of BBC Two Daytime's Great British Menu has just started, and viewers in Wales can look forward to seeing three Welsh chefs being challenged to source ingredients in and around National Trust properties in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Bangor. The series kicked off with a double bill at 6.00pm on Tuesday, 6 April on BBC Two and the Wales round will be broadcast later on in the series. The series will follow three chefs each week as they unearth the very finest produce from the farms, gardens and neighbourhoods surrounding their local National Trust house or countryside location. The Wales edition will feature the following chefs: James Sommerin from The Crown at Whitebrook near Monmouth who will be sourcing his ingredients from the National Trust property at Stackpole in Pembrokeshire. Aled Williams from Plas Bodegroes, Gwynedd who will be working with ingredients from the 18th century Welsh gentry estate at Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion. Richard Davies who lives in Bridgend but who works at the Manor House Hotel & Golf Club, Wiltshire. He will be sourcing ingredients from PenrhynCastle near Bangor, Gwynedd. After putting their culinary skills to the test in the kitchen, each dish will be judged by a former Great British Menu champion. The eight regional winning chefs - including the Wales winner, will compete in the final round, to create a magnificent British meal that the judges consider fitting for the finale banquet for The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. With over 200,000 hectares of farmland, the National Trust and National Trust for Scotland are the UK's biggest farmers - providing access to a wealth of delicious local ingredients from growers, farmers and other producers linked to the estates.

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  2. Madeleine Havard - a wildlife expert who used to work for the Countryside Council for Wales is taking your wildlife questions this morning on the Jamie and Louise show on Radio Wales between 10-11am. Tune in and ask a question! Listen live on BBC Radio Wales

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  3. Well, I hope you had a good break over the Easter holiday weekend. I spent a few days in Ceredigion and despite being full up with a cold managed to do a few walks. I was lucky with the weather too. There were a few showers on Good Friday when I walked from Cwmtydu to New Quay, even the odd r...

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  4. Tim and Sam's Tim and the Sam Band with Tim and Sam are a treasure chest of orchestrated folkish bliss. Based in the unremarkable village of Ewloe in Flintshire, Tim and Sam have won favour all over the UK - particularly on 6 Music - with their layered - mostly acoustic - instrumentals, spinning...

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  5. These photos have just arrived in our Flickr group and feature a resident but rarely seen species in Wales - crossbill. Crossbill are a chunky member of the finch family and as the name suggests, have a bill that crosses over at the end. They are normally found in pine forests, flitting from ...

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  6. Not complete skeletons, but some interesting and very old bones, conserved by the National Trust on Gower and Cardiff University are now on display at Rhossilli. All of the bones were discovered around Gower's coastline and many belonged to animals which are now extinct - including an upper molar from a straight tusked elephant, thoracic (chest) vertebrae from a narrow nosed rhinoceros and a fallow deer antler. Some of the bones are up to 120,000 years old and will be on display for the first time, in the National Trust Visitor Centre at Rhossili. As well as the original bones, there are replicas available which any one can hold and feel.

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  7. As waves thundered and crashed onto the beach, women pushed bottles of whisky down the legs of their bloomers and hurried back to their houses. Children ran between the beach and the village pushing wheelbarrows full of alcohol while men battled with the waves to pull cases of liquor out of the water before the arrival of the Customs Officers. Bottles of whisky from the wreck of the schooner Loch Shiel can still be found

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  8. Pavarotti may be performing at the great opera house in the sky these days, and the heyday of the Three Tenors at World Cup 1990 may be 20 years ago now, but three Welsh opera stars have formed a new partnership with high hopes for success.

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  9. Welsh actor Michael Sheen returned to his hometown of Port Talbot over the Easter weekend, and spoke to BBC Wales' Matt Murray on his forthcoming involvement with National Theatre Wales. Sheen, famous for roles in The Queen, Frost/Nixon and The Damned United, is working with National Theatre...

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  10. Seaside piers - ice cream cones and candyfloss, pleasure steamers and elegant Victorian ladies in crinolines and parasols parading down the decking. The picture is an attractive one. And Wales, like so many coastal regions of Britain had - and still has - more than its fair share of piers. Pe...

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